So everyone can be a hero.
Accessibility professionals exist but accessibility is not one person alone, it is all of us. This list focuses not on wider issues of inclusion and representation, but the list items focus on ensuring that websites, game books, supplements, and adventures are made accessible to the widest variety of people, with the highest chances of compatibility with assistive technologies like screen readers, and more.
Use this list as a way to get started!
There is also a great resource discussing accessibility and inclusion specifically with regard to tabletop with other links – also about safety tools – on the D&D Compendium. Do not view the Compendium as competing: the D&D Compendium information and the resources here on this list would work well together, and seem to – at least at this time – cover different information.
Do you have a website? (Website accessibility)
- “The Curb Cut Effect: How universal design makes things better for everyone” essay by Emma Sheridan.
- WCAG 2.2 Working Draft from the World Wide Web Consortium: WCAG are the industry standard guidelines informing web accessibility.
- Overlay Fact Sheet: and why overlays, plugins, and “quick fix” promises of “being compliant / accessible with one line of code” does more harm than good.
- Worried about time and expense? There are simple tests that can get you started on accessibility that anyone can do. TetraLogical has a playlist of short videos with transcripts on how you can get started with checking for common issues.
Do you make games, supplements, settings, do layout, etc? (Document accessibility)
Microsoft Word / Open Office/ etc
- Creating accessible documents within Microsoft Word via Microsoft Help Topics
- Video training on creating accessible documents, emails, and more within Microsoft Office (Microsoft)
- PDF Accessibility: Defining PDF Accessibility and Techniques by WebAIM
- Accessible PDF Tutorials by Michigan State University
- InDesign accessibility tips via Adobe
- InDesign Accessibility Quick Reference via Deque Systems
- Top Tips for Accessibility for EPUB format via Benetech/DIAGRAM Center
Stuck? Want a Professional?
Developers, designers, writers – everyone can play a part in improving accessibility. However, if this seems too overwhelming, you wish to devise more of a strategy for repeated titles, or it is beyond remediation and you want to make sure to get advanced tools (testing with screen reader compatibility, doing more extensive checks), please use the contact form or contact me via email.